THE BEAR FACTS - February 11, 2006

Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

And I'm Kandice Roethler! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the BGHS speech team went to Spencer for the state large-group contest. Since rehearsal time was at a premium this year, they weren't sure how they'd do, but it turned out the Bears did pretty well. Three Garrigan groups earned "Excellent" ratings, and two of those were named Outstanding Performers and nominated for the All-State Speech Festival. Earning the highest possible award were the improvisation group of Andrew Missal, Ashley Waller, Brandon Rowley, Garrison Brosnan, and Chris Loebach; as well as the group mime "Now Showing" with Joe Dailey, Shane Koob, Liz Mayer, and Ashley Waller.

The All-State Speech Festival will be held next Saturday, February 18, at the Iowa State Center in Ames. The group improvisation will be among the performers at all-state. Their performance will be at 10:40am in the Scheman Building at Iowa State. Both Garrigan groups will be honored during the opening and closing ceremonies at C.Y. Stevens Auditorium. Congratulations to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow and to all the all-state honorees!

Today the Garrigan math department is hosting a regional competition for the Great Plains Math League. Garrigan is the only school in the area that participates in math competition, and it's a field we've done very well in over the years. This is one of the last chances for schools around northwest Iowa to qualify for the state math tournament. So far Jeff Lappe, Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, and Dylan Freking have all qualified for state math, and the Bears arelooking to add to that list today.

The other members of the math team include seniors Gavin Freking, Jacob Hellman, Jesse Studer, Andrew Missal, Joe Rahm, Kandice Roethler, Spenser Rahm, Brandon Rowley, and Jude Studer; juniors JoAnn Kirsch, Tami Lallier, and Chris Scobba; and sophomores Melissa Cruise, Brent Kajewski, Sheri Kenyon, Krissy Kohlhaas, Shanna Miller, Melanie Myers, Gina Rasmussen, and Kent Recker. Freshmen out for math team include Alec Boeckholt, Joe Straub, Chris Schmidt, Kelly Rouse, Chris Hansen, Ben Hellman, Chris Kellner, Danielle Rahm, Sam Norland, and Randy Kenyon. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

The quiz bowl team is also busy this coming week. Every year the quiz bowlers put their heads together to answer questions in the Trivia Champions Think-a-Thon. The event consists of two hundred fun and challenging questions. Students get people to sponsor them based on how many questions they can answer correctly. The money donated goes to help out cancer patients at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. This year the quiz bowl team will participate in the think-a-thon next Wednesday afternoon after our early dismissal. Best wishes to them!

Basketball play-offs are just around the corner. Girls districts start next Wednesday when the Bears take on Clarion Goldfield in Clarion. If they make it past the first round they'll play either Eagle Grove or Belmond-Klemme on Saturday, February 18. The boys play-off starts on Monday, February 20. Garrigan will play Eagle Grove at Pocahontas that night. Round two for the Bears would also be at Pocahontas, versus either the host school or Clarion Goldfield. Good luck in play-offs to both the boys and girls basketball teams.

Gala 2006 is just around the corner. This year's theme is "Gala on the Riviera". The special night will be Saturday, April 1st, and we're hoping this will be a bigger fundraiser than ever. You can find out all about his year's gala by going to the school website at garrigan dot unlimited web dot net, slash gala. The website has information on the history of gala, items that are needed, and ways to get involved. Be sure to mark you calendar for April 1st and help out with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Lizzie Mayer and Mark Laubenthal. Here to tell you about them is Samantha Arndorfer.

Lizzie Mayer is one of the all-state speech honorees who will be going to Ames next weekend. Lizzie is a football cheerleader, and she was also involved in the danz squad routine at the Algona High basketball game. This St. Benedict native likes art, and she is considering a career in that field after high school. We wish Lizzie all the best in the future.

February is National FFA Month, and that's an appropriate time to talk about senior Mark Laubenthal. FFA is this Wesley native's biggest activity, and he's won a number of awards from the organization. He enjoys farming in general and is also interested in trucks. Mark will be majoring in agriculture at college, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Samantha! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's the math league competition this morning at Garrigan. Tomorrow intramural basketball resumes.

Tuesday is Valentine's Day. That night the boys basketball team finishes their regular season at Eagle Grove. Wednesday we'll dismiss early for teacher in-service, and the quiz bowl team will compete in Trivia Champions. HOSA will also meet that afternoon.

Wednesday night the girls basketball team starts play-offs at Clarion Goldfield. Thursday we'll have a jeans day to raise money for the student gift for Gala. Then next Saturday there's the All-State Speech Festival in Ames.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch our show again next week when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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